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Clinical Scientist Training Program

Houston, Texas

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Clinical Scientist Training Program
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Degree and Certificate Requirements

Ph.D. Degree in Clinical Investigation

  • 180 term-hours of credit. Baylor College of Medicine has five terms, and students earn 12 hours of credit per term. The hours are made up of formal courses, together with research time.
  • Included in the 180 credit hours should be 30 hours of core, required and elective courses approved by the mentor and the Thesis Advisory Committee. These courses must be graded, or be part of the curriculum of pass/fail courses at the UT-School of Public Health that has been approved by the graduate school.
  • Writing a K23 grant proposal.
  • Passing the Qualifying Examination. This is an examination based on the student's K-23 grant proposal, which is developed during the first year of the program. The student will be expected to answer questions about his or her research, and all the courses taken so far. This exam is usually at the start of the second year of the program. After passing the exam the student is ready to conduct the research in preparation for writing a thesis.
  • After completing the qualifying exam and the 30 credit hours the student is "entered into candidacy" for the degree. This means that the student is in full time research mode.
  • Completion of the proposed research.
  • Submission of a thesis, which may be constructed from the student's published and submitted manuscripts (in accordance with Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences policies), with appropriate introduction and concluding sections, to the Final Examination Committee.
  • Passing the Final Examination on the thesis.
  • Submission of a bibliography of submitted and published manuscripts generated as a result of participation in the program.
  • Submission of a complete RO1 grant application with the student as PI (this must be the student's and not the mentor's proposal), to the Thesis Advisory Committee. The submission of an RO1 application is a critical aspect of this program and provides the focus for the student to utilize many aspects of the curriculum in a practical and realistic sense. The RO1 proposal will be reviewed by members of the Thesis Advisory Committee or their designates. The comments of the reviewers and a copy of the grant proposal will be forwarded to the Program's Graduate Education Committee for monitoring the student's progress through the program. This grant proposal is a logical extension of the Ph.D. research of the candidate and he or she will be encouraged to send it to the NIH for funding considerations. The students are required to share their NIH critiques with the Graduate Education Committee.

M.S. Degree in Clinical Investigation

  • 30 hours of required and elective courses proposed by the mentor and approved by the Thesis Advisory Committee. These courses must be graded, or be part of the curriculum of pass/fail courses at the UT-School of Public Health that has been approved by the graduate school.
  • Writing a K23 grant proposal.
  • Passing the Qualifying Examination. This is an examination based on the student's K-23 grant proposal, which is developed during the first year of the program. The student will be expected to answer questions about his or her research, and all the courses taken so far. This exam is usually at the start of the second year of the program. After passing the exam the student is ready to conduct the research in preparation for writing a thesis.
  • After completing the qualifying exam and the 30 credit hours the student is "entered into candidacy" for the degree. This means that the student is in full-time research mode.
  • Completion of the proposed research
  • Submission of a thesis, which may be constructed from the student's published and submitted manuscripts (in accordance with Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences policies), with appropriate introduction and concluding sections, to the Final Examination Committee.
  • Passing the final exam on the thesis.

Certificate of Added Qualification in Clinical Investigation

  • Completion of course requirements, including Fundamentals of Clinical Investigation, Clinical Investigation for the Career Scientist, seminar, and an elective course (usually intermediate biostatistics at the School of Public Health).
  • Writing a K23 grant proposal.

For information about the K-23 grant application process, go to the NIH web site.

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